Sunday’s CBS “60 Minutes” interview with Stephanie Gregory Clifford, the pornography actress known as Stormy Daniels, is a far departure from the storied CBS legacy of Edward R. Murrow’s World War II broadcasts of the battle between Western civilization and the onslaught of German Nazism.
Throughout his leading questions, “60 Minutes” interviewer Anderson Cooper showed how far he had diverted CBS’s legacy from hard-hitting journalism into tabloid-esque gossip.
Anderson Cooper: I guess I’m not 100% sure on why you’re doing this.
Stormy Daniels: Because it was very important to me to be able to defend myself.
Anderson Cooper: Is part of talking w–wanting to set the record straight?
Stormy Daniels: 100%.
Anderson Cooper: Why does the record need to be set straight?
Stormy Daniels: Because people are just saying whatever they wanted to say about me, I was perfectly fine saying nothing at all, but I’m not okay with being made out to be a liar, or people thinking that I did this for money and people are like, “Oh, you’re an opportunist. You’re taking advantage of this. Yes, I’m getting more job offers now, but tell me one person who would turn down a job offer making more than they’ve been making, doing the same thing that they’ve always done?
Anderson Cooper: A lot of people are using you for a lot of different agendas.
Sadly, “60 Minutes” showed Trump voters how CBS maintains its biased content that is light on facts and heavy on speculation, continuing the tradition of Dan Rather’s “Memogate” reporting that lost him his job in 2004 for his bias against Republican George W. Bush. Rather’s recent move to The Young Turks Network further confirms how hard left some at CBS have been for decades despite claims of objective reporting.
CBS and CBSN, its streaming digital sister network that includes content from local CBS affiliates, still produce some solid journalism. The question is whether CBS will continue its legacy of true public service or veer further into slanted tabloidism.